Safari for Mac: Import bookmarks and history to Safari from other browsers

Import bookmarks and history to Safari from other browsers

If Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is your default browser, the first time you open Safari it automatically imports your bookmarks and history. You can decide to keep the imported items now, or you can try out Safari and decide later. If you don’t keep the imported items, you can have Safari re-import them later.

You can also import bookmarks that were exported in HTML format from Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, OmniWeb, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.

Automatically import bookmarks and history from Firefox and Chrome: When you use Safari after using Firefox or Chrome, a notice at the bottom of the Favorites or Top Sites page asks you if you want to keep imported bookmarks and history. Your choices are:

  • Keep: Safari keeps your imported items.

  • Don’t Keep: Safari removes your imported items.

You can return to the Favorites or Top Sites page to import the items at another time. To see the Favorites or Top Sites page, choose Bookmarks > Show Favorites or Show Top Sites (the menu item changes based on what you’ve chosen in General preferences from the “New windows open with” pop-up menu).

Manually import bookmarks and history from Firefox or Chrome: Choose File > Import From > Google Chrome or File > Import From > Firefox, then select the items you want to import. You can do this any time after you start using Safari, even if you imported items already.

Import a bookmarks file: Choose File > Import From > Bookmarks HTML File, then select the file you want to import. After you import bookmarks, they appear at the bottom of the sidebar in a new folder whose name begins with “Imported” and ends with the date.

Export bookmarks: Choose File > Export Bookmarks. The exported file is called “Safari Bookmarks.html.”

Published Date: Mar 27, 2017
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